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Day 7 preview and more from Mayor Sanders

By Eden James

The American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organization that has funded the legal challenge to Prop 8 in this court case, announced in a press release that the following gentlemen will be taking the stand on Wednesday — Day 7 of the Prop 8 trial:

  • Ryan Kendall, a gay man who will testify about the “conversation therapy” he underwent in his youth and how he has been affected by discrimination
  • Gary M. Segura, Ph.D,Professor of American Politics in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. He will testify about the relative political power of gays and lesbians as a class of citizens, and their level of political vulnerability.

The rest of AFER’s press release is below the fold, including comments by Mayor Jerry Sanders and his lesbian daughter Lisa at the daily post-trial press conference on Tuesday (as well as the YouTubed speech by Sanders shown at the trial on Tuesday). A staunch Republican and conservative, Sanders made this provocative point at the press event about the meaning of equality:

“I think denying marriage equality is just as wrong as telling blacks that they couldn’t use white-only drinking fountains. It’s government action that’s founded in prejudice,” Sanders said to reporters at the courthouse. “The first step towards equality in society is equality under the law.”

Longtime reporter Rex Wockner also attended the Sanders presser and has photos and quotes here.

It’s early morning on the west coast but no matter what time zone you’re in, feel free to use this as an Open Thread to discuss whatever is on your mind in relation to the trial. (more…)

117 Comments January 20, 2010

Liveblogging Daily Summary: Day 6

By Julia Rosen

We are back from the long holiday weekend and had a short day today, with Judge Walker adjourning early to deal with some other business.

Today Brian Leubitz liveblogged the morning, with Rick Jacobs taking over the duties for the afternoon.

Thanks to everyone who introduced themselves this morning in the welcome thread that now has more than 300 400 comments. Our Trial Trackers are amazing. The stories you have been sharing have been painful and inspiring to read.

We are now over 700,000 views, 5,000 comments and 80 blog posts in a week and a half. Just incredible.

The daily summary is below. All of the livebloggers today seemed to think that the defendants were hurting themselves with their line of questioning on the statistics during the cross-exams this afternoon. What do you think? How did the day go? (more…)

33 Comments January 19, 2010

Liveblogging Day 6: Part I

181 Comments January 19, 2010